Our work in Investment Climate Reform
Investment climate reform focuses on implementing policies which improve business environments and encourage and retain investment, thus fostering competitive markets, growth and job creation. Examples of our work include:
- Designing and developing the business case for DFID Kenya's "strengthening adaptation and resilience to climate change in Kenya" programme (StARCK) covering climate change governance, private sector investment and civil society demand (DFID, 2011).
- A detailed analysis of the legal and regulatory barriers to womens participation in private sector development in Ghana and two states in Nigeria (Lagos and Kano). We subsequently developed this work into a synthesis report on Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya comparing and contrasting East and West Africa in relation to issues including land rights, access to finance, business entry, tax and employment (IFC, 2009).
- Conducting diagnostics in a number of states in Sudan to identify the main institutional, policy, legal and regulatory issues constraining private investment and provide recommendations for related reforms that were both technically and politically feasible. In particular we looked closely at the business environment at state level with respect to business registration, licensing, taxation and access to land and site development (including connection to utilities), as well as made recommendations for reform (Government of Sudan funded by IFC, 2008).